Dying Ploughboy, The

DESCRIPTION: Singer, a ploughboy, feels a blood vessel burst in his chest; although his doctor tells him he'll be all right, he senses death is near. He bids farewell to his friends, his team of horses, and his plough
AUTHOR: Rev. R. H. Calder?
EARLIEST DATE: 1908 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: disease farewell death dying farming horse friend worker
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Greig 26, p. 2, "The Term" (1 text)
GreigDuncan3 700, "The Term" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
MacSeegTrav 108, "The Dying Ploughboy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ord, p. 235, "The Dying Ploughboy" (1 text)

Roud #2514
NOTES: Ord lists this as by the Reverend Calder of Glenlivet, who granted permission to print it. The curiosity, in that case, is how MacColl and Seeger found a tune for the thing, and how it came to be so widespread. Also, what are the odds of Greig picking up anonymous versions of a song written by a man still living when Ord published? - RBW
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File: McCST108

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